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The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 brings back the bezel control, with a twist

I guess they’re actively pursuing wearables…

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Samsung’s Unpacked event is tomorrow but it seems the company couldn’t wait to get off the starting line with its latest smartwatch.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes just six months after the first model, bringing back the sorely-missed bezel control. It also now has an LTE-enabled model, for phone-less connectivity, and a new ECG sensor (that, just like the Apple Watch, will get switched on sometime after launch).

Samsung just released the Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch

The rotating bezel of the Samsung Galaxy Watch is back, just this time it’s a nifty touchscreen ring around the watch, not a physical bezel. That’s pretty darn cool, and I hope more smartwatches do something similar.

  • Samsung is hoping style will win the day, with multiple watchbands and a feature that generates your watch face to match your outfit
  • Google Translate is now onboard
  • The ECG sensor hasn’t been cleared by the FDA yet, with no solid timeline for when it will be switched on
  • New coaching features including a real-time running coach
  • More LEDs on the heart-rate sensor, which might enable Samsung to take your blood pressure at some later date
  • Apps will use single sign-in, so you won’t have to login to anything you already use on your phone

With pricing starting at $279 for the non-LTE, 40mm face, and $300 for the 44mm, it’ll be fairly expensive when available on September 27. Then again, it’s still cheaper than the Apple Watch, for a very similar feature set.

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